Cintas Courage Award: Vote for America’s Most Courageous Person

CINCINNATI, OH.,– Since July, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) has received countless tales of heroic duty as nominations flooded in for the 2011 Courage Award. The list has been narrowed to 10 selfless individuals and anyone can vote for their favorite hero by visiting the REVIVER SURVIVOR website by October 24, 2011.
Designed to honor everyday heroes who act in extraordinary ways, the Cintas Courage Award offers one person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty with a luxury trip for two that includes a choice of a cruise, sports experience or golf vacation package and $1,000 spending cash.
Below are the top 10 finalists:
  • Roger H. of Fredericksburg, Va., was driving a vehicle when co-workers Marty R., Robert L. and Robert K. noticed he had started swerving and began convulsing. They helped stop the truck and pulled him from the vehicle. Each took turns applying CPR for the next eight minutes, saving his life before emergency responders arrived on the scene.
  • Cable representative Agustin A. was leaving a service call at an apartment complex in Austin, Texas when he heard screaming from the pool area. He found a young boy who had been pulled from the water but was not breathing. Agustin applied CPR and was able to get the child breathing again before paramedics arrived.
  • Clay S. in Lansing, Mich., noticed the feet of a maintenance person lying outside the opening of a furnace. The worker was unresponsive as he had neglected to turn off the nitrogen feed inside the furnace and inhaled the fumes. Clay pulled the worker to safety and applied CPR until paramedics arrived.
  • Steve L. of Monroe, Ohio, saved a young boy at his son’s daycare who was choking on pretzels by performing a mouth sweep he learned during a recent first responder training course.
  • On a routine trip to the Bingo hall with his mother, Michael M. of Mason, Ohio, noticed a woman a few tables over whose face was turning blue and was holding her throat. He ran over and administered the Heimlich maneuver, saving her life.
  • Officer Piankhi L. of Indianapolis, Ind., noticed a 5-year-old girl who had wandered away from her mother and stepped onto an elevator in a busy building. He secured all of the elevators so others would not be able to use it before safely returning the child to her mother.
  • Scott B. of Cincinnati, Ohio, witnessed a car accident and pulled over to assist. Upon assessing one of the drivers, he noticed she seemed dizzy with signs of shock. He stayed with her until paramedics arrived.
  • Sixteen year old Austin I. of Providence, R.I., was swimming with his Cub Scout pack at the local swimming pool when he heard shouting. He helped lifeguards pull a young girl out of the pool who was suffering a seizure and assisted lifeguards in administering proper medical treatment until she regained consciousness.
  • US Army Major Steven S. from Tampa, Fla., has been on active duty for the past 19 years. When he is home from deployment, Major Steven continues to set a positive example for his five children by fostering kittens for the Humane Society, volunteering his time at a local orphanage and participating in beach cleanup and recycling events.
  • Diane P. of Oyster Bay, N.Y., was working at a gym when she found a 44-year old man who collapsed playing racquetball. She administered CPR until she was able to deploy an AED unit, which saved his life.
“Every day, ordinary people act in extraordinary ways,” said Nancy Petersen, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas First Aid & Safety.  “The Courage Award celebrates the bravery and selflessness of people who have taken the extra step to save a life or help someone in need.”
Cintas provides automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and first-aid and safety programs to help business prepare for and treat emergencies. For more information on Cintas’ products and programs, please visit
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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